Super cheap battery powered amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BlitzCraig, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. BlitzCraig


    Sep 28, 2018
    anybody have any experience with the super cheap ($20-$30) little battery powered amps? - I know obviously they will not sound any good or fill an auditorium with wall-shaking bass -- but are any of them loud enough to sit beside an acoustic guitar around a campfire with? My ABG doesn't quite cut it alone and needs a little help... Anybody toyed around with these (yes, chose that word because at the price point, I'm assuming these are as much "toy" as they are bass combo amps lol) Thanks in advance for any input
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Nothing in that price range is going to reproduce bass tones.
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  3. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    they tend to be very quiet (they usually claim 1 to 2 watts) and very tinny. heck, some don't have enough treble to be tinny, just boxy. i bought several, hoping one would sound barely decent for middle of the night play, but i sent 'em all back... well, one is around here somewhere, but i never use it. maybe you can try one and send it back if you don't like it.

    or perhaps you could spend just a little more and find a used blackstar fly. not spectacular, but a ridiculous amount better than those $20 to $25 amps.
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  4. You might be surprised what a cheap 12V class D can put out. It's a big shag to carry a big enough battery plus cabinet plus 9v preamp plus BG to camp though. The battery might cost 50 bucks too.
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  5. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    The Blackstar Fly is the only thing that will do it.
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